Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 9057004

    Tolko/Gorman Bros./BCTS/Westbank Okanagan Operations Sustainable Forest Management Plan
 
Project lead: Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
Description:
When the SFM process in the Okanagan was initiated in May, 2000 the public, including First Nations, were invited to participate in the process. The SFM Advisory Group that was established involved individuals with backgrounds related to recreation, ranching, forestry, conservation, water and community.
During the summer of 2003, Weyerhaeuser and Tolko began discussions on the benefits of working together with the SFM Advisory Group to expand and include Tolko’s Lavington operating areas within the Okanagan-Shuswap Forest District. This approach was presented at the October, 2003 SFM Advisory Group field-trip and was supported in principle by the members With this revised process Tolko invited members of the public, including First Nations that have identified resource use/interest within Tolko’s operating areas, to participate in the public advisory group. The licensees and the SFM Advisory Group started implementing this new approach at their December, 2003 meeting. As a result of Tolko acquiring Riverside Forest Products Limited in late 2004, the DFA was expanded in 2006 to include the Riverside operating area, and additional members were brought into the PAG. In 2006, Gorman Bros. Lumber joined the SFM group, following the same steps as described above for the Tolko expansion/inclusion. In late 2007 B.C. Timber Sales (BCTS) also joined the Okanagan SFM Plan. In 2010, Weyerhaeuser has elected not to continue it’s involvement with the SFM Advisory Group and process. Also in 2010, the Westbank First Nation has elected to be included in the SFM Plan.
The SFM Plan includes a set of values, objectives, indicators and targets that address environmental, economic and social aspects of forest management in Tolko’s, Gorman Bros., and BCTS and Westbank’s (the Licencees) primary operating areas in the Okanagan, as well as Tolko’s operating areas in the Arrow and Boundary Timber Supply Areas. The plan area also includes block specific areas that fall outside of the primary plan area. The SFM Plan is based on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management Standard (CAN/CSA Z809); one of the primary certification systems currently being used in British Columbia and Canada. The CSA system sets performance objectives and targets over a defined forest area to reflect local and regional interests. Consistent with most certifications, the CSA standards require compliance with existing forest policies, laws and regulations.
The SFM Plan is an evolving document that will be reviewed and revised on an annual basis with the SFM Advisory Group to address changes in forest condition and local community values. Each year the SFM Advisory Group reviews an annual report prepared by the Licencees, to assess achievement of performance measures. This monitoring process provides the licensees, public and First Nations with an opportunity to bring forward new information and provide input concerning new or changing public values that can be incorporated into future updates of the SFM Plan.
Current information on the SFM Plan and process can be viewed on the website: http://thompsonokanagansustainableforestry.ca/okanagan_top.htm
Related projects:  LBIP_9057007,  LBIP_9062014,  LBIP_9006001,  SFM Plan
Contact: Randy Hardy, (250) 768-6244, rhardy@gormanbros.com

Updated August 16, 2010 

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